Flock (web browser)

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Flock 3.5.3 running on Windows 7 displaying its new tab page
Flock 3.5.3 running on Windows 7 displaying its new tab page
Developer(s)Flock, Inc.
Initial releaseApril 11, 2005; 13 years ago (2005-04-11)[1]
Last release3.5.3.4641 (February 1, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-02-01)) [±]
Preview releasenone (n/a) [±]
Operating systemWindows, OS X, Linux[2]
Available inCatalan, Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified), English (US, Australian, British, Canadian), Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal + African Portuguese Speaking Countries and Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Latin American and Spain)
TypeWeb browser
Feed reader

Flock is a discontinued web browser that specialized in providing social networking and Web 2.0 facilities built into its user interface.[5] Earlier versions of Flock used the Gecko HTML rendering engine by Mozilla. Version 2.6.2, released on January 27, 2011, was the last version based on Mozilla Firefox.[6][7] Starting with version 3, Flock was based on Chromium and so used the WebKit rendering engine.[8][9] Flock was available as a free download, and supported Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and, at one time, Linux as well.

Support for Flock was discontinued in April 2011.[10][11]


Flock was the successor to Round Two, who raised money from Bessemer Venture Partners, Catamount Ventures, Shasta Ventures and other angel investors. Bart Decrem and Geoffrey Arone co-founded the company.[12] Flock raised $15 million in a fourth round of funding led by Fidelity Ventures on May 22, 2008, for an estimated total of $30 million, according to CNET. The company's previous investors, Bessemer Venture Partners, Catamount Ventures, and Shasta Ventures, also participated in the round.[13]

In January 2011, Flock Inc. was acquired by Zynga.[14] The browser has been discontinued, with support ending April 26, 2011.[15]


Flock 2.5 integrated social networking and media services including MySpace,[16] Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Blogger, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, etc.[17] When logging into any of the supported social services, Flock could track updates from friends: profiles, uploaded photos, and more. Flock's latest 2.5 version added Twitter Search functionality, multi-casting of status updates to multiple services, and the introduction of instant messaging via Facebook Chat in the browser.

Other features include:


In December 2007, Flock won the Mashable Open Web Awards for Applications and Widgets[27] and in March 2008, Flock won the South By Southwest[28] Web Award for Community.[29]

CNET gave the Mac OS X version of Flock 1.0 the title of "Best Mac Software of 2007".[30] PC World's Harry McCracken reviewed Flock as his "New Favorite Web Browser".[31]

In February 2008, AOL announced that it would discontinue support for the Netscape browser, and recommended Flock and Firefox as alternative browsers to its userbase of Netscape 9 users.[32] For the Netscape 8 userbase, AOL recommended only the Flock browser to its users.[33] In March 2008, Flock announced that they had seen "nearly 3 million downloads" and a 135% increase in active users in the first two months of 2008. They also announced "more than 70 percent of Flock users making it their default browser of choice".[34]

In May 2008, Flock won the Social Networking category of the Webby Awards.[35][36] Flock was nominated for this award along with Facebook, Bebo and Ning.

When Flock's discontinuation was announced in April 2011, reviewer Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! offered the analysis: "Whether this was down to poor implementation design wise (one needs only glance at 'Rockmelt' for an example of a social browser done right) or just general apathy towards having alerts from twitter, flickr, facebook, digg et al. in your face all of the time is moot: Flock has flocked off and for all its innovation it never quite lived up to its own hype."[10]


Upon exiting beta, Flock won a number of awards:[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Festa, Paul (11 April 2005). "Start-up wants to improve on Firefox". CNET. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  2. ^ "Flock Global Page". Softpedia. SoftNews. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Flock (Discontinued) / 2.6.1". Softpedia. SoftNews. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  4. ^ Flock website Retrieved April 11, 2011
  5. ^ Flock Browser – Built on Mozilla's Firefox Archived March 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Flock 2.6.2 Release Notes". Flock. Archived from the original on February 22, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "Powered by Mozilla". Flock. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  8. ^ Iedtke, Michael (June 16, 2010). "Flock Browser Gets Faster, Friendlier With Upgrade". ABC. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c Wayner, Peter (October 19, 2010). "Top 10 specialty Web browsers you may have missed". InfoWorld. p. 2. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  10. ^ a b Sneddon, Joey (April 2011). "End of the line for Flock social browser". OMG Ubuntu. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  11. ^ Flock Inc (April 15, 2012). "Support for Flock browsers has been discontinued". Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  12. ^ Flock Browser - Company Info Archived March 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Flock draws $15 million for social browsing". CNET. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  14. ^ Wasserman, Todd (2011-01-07). "Zynga Buys Social Web Browser Flock". Mashable. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  15. ^ Van Grove, Jennifer (2011-04-12). "Flock Shutters Social Web Browser". Mashable.
  16. ^ a b Official release announcement on Shawn Harding's blog Archived October 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Activate Services and Unite Your Social Networks in the People Sidebar". User guides. Flock. Archived from the original on October 20, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2008.
  18. ^ "Share Pictures, Text, Audio and Video". User guides. Flock. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  19. ^ "View and Share Media through the Media Bar". User guides. Flock. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  20. ^ "Track Feeds". User guides. Flock. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  21. ^ "Activate and Manage Blogs". User guides. Flock. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  22. ^ "Review: Strong, innovative Web browsers emerge". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
  23. ^ "Get or Build Add-ons for Flock". User guides. Flock. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  24. ^ a b c d "Flock's press".
  25. ^ a b c "Flock Named As One of PC World's "100 Best Products of 2008"". Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  26. ^ "The 100 Best Products of 2008". PC World. Retrieved 2015-06-28.
  27. ^ Adam Hirsch 86 (21 December 2007). "Open Web Awards Winners". Mashable.com. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  28. ^ Web Awards Archived March 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (11 March 2008). "Oh wait! SXSWi had Web Awards, too". News.com. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  30. ^ Parker, Jason (20 December 2007). "Best Mac Software of 2007". Download.com. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  31. ^ I Have A New Favorite Web Browser: Flock Archived November 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  32. ^ "Netscape 9 Users: Time to Flock or Firefox". Blog.netscape.com. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  33. ^ "Netscape 8 Update Forthcoming: You Can Flock Too!". Blog.netscape.com. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  34. ^ "Flock Browser Use Growing Dramatically". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  35. ^ "2008 Webby Award Winners". Webbyawards.com. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
  36. ^ Flock Wins a Webby Award for Best in Social Networking Archived May 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  37. ^ Michaels, Philip. "Eddy Winner: Flock 2.0". Macworld.com. Retrieved 2012-05-21.

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